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3/22 Germany blocks arms sales to Turkey – report

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Berlin has rejected more than 10 applications for arms exports to Turkey in recent months, the German daily “Süddeutsche Zeitung” (SZ) reports, citing a letter from the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The ministry was answering questions by the left-wing MP Jan van Aken. As a NATO partner, Turkey is rarely subject to restrictions on arms exports. […]

3/21 Willy Brandt ally Horst Ehmke dies in Bonn aged 90

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A funeral has been held for Horst Ehmke, an advocate of the late German chancellor Willy Brandt’s “Ostpolitik” peace overtures to the ex-Soviet bloc during the Cold War. Ehmke had been Brandt’s “specialist for everything” as head of his chancellery between 1969 and 1972. Ehmke, like Brandt, stepped aside in 1974 over the Guillaume spying affair […]

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